10 year plan to end homelessness

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Study prepared by KICH to end homelessness.

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<ul><li><p>TEN-YEAR PLAN TO END HOMELESSNESS:</p><p>UPDATE 2009</p></li><li><p>The Kentucky Interagency Council on Homelessness is administered through Kentucky Housing Corporations Specialized Housing Resources Department with support from the Organizational Planning and Performance and Communications Departments. </p></li><li><p>TABLE OF CONTENTS</p><p>Executive Summary..........................................................................................................................1</p><p>I. Background.................................................................................................................................1II. Need........................................................................................................................................1III. Gaps and Barriers..................................................................................................................................1IV. Strategies.....................................................................................................................................1V. Progress to Date.....................................................................................................................................2</p><p>VI. Vision and Goals....................................................................................................................................3VII. Implementation Plan..............................................................................................................................3VIII. Finance Plan...........................................................................................................................................4</p><p>Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness: Update 2009......................................................................5</p><p>I. Background.....................................................................................................................................7</p><p>II. Need...............................................................................................................................................8</p><p>III. Gaps and Barriers........................................................................................................................9</p><p>IV. Strategies....................................................................................................................................11</p><p>V. Progress to Date.........................................................................................................................14</p><p>Recovery Kentucky.................................................................................................................................14Safe Havens...........................................................................................................................................15Corporation for Supportive Housing....................................................................................................16Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) Matching Services Funds...............................................................16Kentucky Homeownership Protection Center......................................................................................16KHC HOME Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA).......................................................................17Healthcare for the Homeless Planning Grant......................................................................................17SSI/SSDI Outreach Access and Recovery............................................................................................18Homeless Prevention Pilot Project.......................................................................................................18Department of Corrections....................................................................................................................19Kentucky Department of Education......................................................................................................19Kentucky Domestic Violence Association...........................................................................................20American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.........................................................................................20AmeriCorps National Service Program - Build Corps.........................................................................20KICH Executive Order.............................................................................................................................21</p><p>VI. Vision and Goals........................................................................................................................21</p><p>VII. Implementation Plan................................................................................................................22</p><p>Community Mental Health Centers.......................................................................................................22PATH........................................................................................................................................................22Department of Juvenile Justice............................................................................................................23</p><p>VIII. Finance Plan.............................................................................................................................24</p><p>IX. Measuring Progress..................................................................................................................25</p><p>APPENDIX........................................................................................................................................27</p></li><li><p>1EXECUTIVE SUMMARY</p><p>I. Background</p><p>Since the creation of the states Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness in 2005, Kentucky has made great strides toward addressing the multifaceted issues of homelessness in the state. In late 2007, to support efforts initiated by the ten-year plan, the Kentucky Interagency Council on Homelessness working with the Homeless and Housing Coalition of Kentucky began to address issues of homelessness specifi c to local regions through the creation of regional strategies to end homelessness. </p><p>The update of the Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness and the creation of regional strategies to end homelessness were coordinated with the cities of Louisville and Lexington, as well as the six designated Continuum of Care regions within the state of Kentucky. This document summarizes key accomplishments toward addressing issues of Kentuckys homelessness, as well as targeted regional strategies (which are detailed in full at www.kyhomeless.org) to continue the states work to end homelessness. </p><p>Since the origination of this plan, economic challenges have dramatically changed. As reported by the national news, utilization of homeless services is increasing and the economic crisis poses a threat to federal, state and local governments and nonprofi ts that are attempting to respond to this increase. These challenges and responses are refl ected in this update, with consideration to the unknown impact of future economic challenges. </p><p>II. Need</p><p>According to the Kentucky Homeless Point-In-Time Count conducted in the winter of 2009, nearly 6,000 homeless persons were counted across the state. This fi gure is larger than the populations of at least four counties in Kentucky. Data from the 2009 count indicated that specialized services were needed to help the homeless deal with their personal challenges. Over 1,500 reported a problem with chronic substance abuse and more than 1,200 self-identifi ed with a severe mental illness. Similarly, domestic violence was reported as a problem for well over 1,100 respondents. A sizeable portion, 613, of the homeless identifi ed themselves as veterans. Based on the results of the Point-In-Time Count, 88 percent of homeless individuals in Kentucky were sheltered with 44 percent staying in emergency shelters and 44 percent in transitional housing. The remaining 12 percent were unsheltered homeless. Of the households interviewed, 21 percent were families with children, representing a total of 2,699 homeless children and adults. </p><p>Numbers related to the precariously housed population may foreshadow the incidence of homelessness in the coming months and years. At nearly 6,800, those precariously housed in the Balance of State represent twice the number of those who meet the offi cial defi nition in the Balance of State Continuum of Care region. The fact is that those who are precariously housed today could very well be the homeless of tomorrow. </p><p>III. Gaps and Barriers</p><p>In Kentucky, there continues to be an insuffi cient supply of all types of safe, quality, and affordable housing. Adequate funding for support services is critical to help fi nd stable housing. There is a need for improved discharge planning for those aging out of foster care, persons exiting correctional institutions and persons with serious mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders leaving state facilities. </p><p>IV. Strategies</p><p>To address the gaps and barriers, the state must continue to create more housing for the homeless and locate additional sources of funding. Kentucky must work to provide more supportive services. Prevention </p><p>FACT: Those who are precariously housed today could very well be the homeless of tomorrow.</p></li><li><p>2strategies for discharge planning, alternatives to incarceration and emergency assistance, as well as the coordination of these services, must occur to prevent the ongoing issues of homelessness.</p><p>Local regions throughout the state have created plans to address these issues that are specifi c to the needs of their populations and make the best use of their existing resources. There are plans in place for the six Continuum of Care regions as well as Lexington and Louisville. The local regions have also worked together to identify several statewide strategies that will be presented to the Kentucky Interagency Council on Homelessness (KICH) in 2009. </p><p>While each region emphasized its own challenges and priorities for action, there were three themes that characterized the strategies generated across all communities. These included the need to:</p><p> Expand access to safe and affordable housing. Increase investment in provision of services that support the ability of consumers within homeless </p><p>programs and supportive housing to maintain stable housing and become self-sustaining members of the community. </p><p> Implement policy change at the state and federal level that broadens the defi nition of homelessness to include persons who are precariously housed and involuntarily doubled up in housing, as well as changing the defi nition of chronically homeless to include families and others who have experienced long-term homelessness.</p><p>V. Progress to Date</p><p>Recovery Kentucky, an initiative to help Kentuckians recover from substance abuse, has seven existing centers throughout the state. Three more are in development stages and will be open in 2010. The program accomplishes two goals: it reduces the states drug problem and resolves some of the states homeless issues.</p><p>In January 2006, Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) began the Safe Havens program, which provides temporary housing vouchers while moving homeless families and individuals toward self-suffi ciency through case management services. During the fi rst two years, Safe Havens issued housing vouchers for 2,000 homeless individuals and families. </p><p>The Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) granted Kentucky $454,280 to aid in integrating the state systems that fi nance and create supportive housing, establishing a supportive housing pipeline that surpassed the CSH goal of 532 units and increasing investments directed toward supportive housing by $3,000,000.</p><p>In fi scal years 2008 and 2009, KHC provided $3,200,000 in matching funds from the Housing Assistance Fund for recipients of the Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) program to provide essential services to homeless individuals or prevention expenses for individuals facing homelessness. </p><p>Administered by Kentucky Housing Corporation, the Kentucky Homeownership Protection Center (Protection Center) was established by the 2008 Kentucky General Assembly and Governor Steve Beshear to address the foreclosure crisis in Kentucky. While the number of foreclosures in Kentucky has not increased as rapidly as it has in other states, the issue is still one that affects many Kentuckians and their communities. The primary goal of the Protection Center is to help households facing personal fi nancial challenges to keep their homes by accessing counseling, education and legal services. The Protection Center is also an important resource for homeowners who may become homeless or precariously housed if they lose their home. From summer 2008 to July 2009, The Protection Center received 4,445 contacts. </p><p>KHC HOME Tenant-Based Rental Assistance provides up to two years of rental assistance until a Section 8 voucher is received or some other form of housing can be provided.</p><p>An executive order was implemented establishing the KICH as a statewide council and assigning executive staff members to the committee. This will achieve systems integration and change that will better focus resources to prevent and end homelessness.</p></li><li><p>3Kentucky Housing Corporation, under the guidance of the KICH, applied for and received a $74,000 Healthcare for the Homeless Planning Grant in August 2007 from the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The planning grant was used to study and determine the need for a new access point or expansion grant for the Healthcare for the Homeless Program within 41 counties in two of the Continuum of Care regions in western Kentucky. </p><p>SSI/SSDI Outreach Access and Recovery (SOAR) was implemented statewide to train case managers from local agencies to assist their clients with the application process to access disability income and health insurance. To date, over 400 staff have been trained statewide.</p><p>For SFY 2010, additional Projects for Assistance in Transitioning from Homelessness (PATH) Grant funds were allocated to Northern KY to expand their SOAR program and assist other regions in initiating hospital collaborations. In collaboration with the Housing and Homeless Coalition of Kentucky, AmeriCorps members will also be trained in the SOAR process.</p><p>Pursuant to Kentucky Act 194A.735, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Department for Mental Health and Mental Retardation (MHMR) Services, in collaboration with the Louisville Coalition for the Homeless, Families and Children First, and Lake Cumberland MHMR Board, Inc., developed and implemented a homelessness prevention pilot project. It offers institutional discharge planning on a voluntary basis to persons exiting state-operated or supervised institutions involving mental health and foster care programs, a...</p></li></ul>

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